Life inland, though, was no less choppy. After luring coach Dieter Hecking away from 1. FC Nuremberg, VfL's new sporting director had to trim back a near 40-man squad, which also meant the 56-year-old was extremely limited during the transfer window - Borussia Dortmund's Ivan Perisic being his only winter purchase.
Allofs' steadying of the Wolfsburg ship certainly helped Hecking's transition pitch-side, with a ten-match unbeaten run leading the 2009 Bundesliga champions to a surprise mid-table finish. Well aware of VfL's high ambitions, however, Allofs will know there is still much work to be done.